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Old 07-02-2003, 12:43 PM   #1
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Question Sharing a floppy between Windows and Redhat


I formatted, under linux, a floppy using FAT and copied a file onto it in order to copy that file to Windows. (It was actually the boot sector into a file linux.bin)
Anyway, while under linux I can see that /mnt/floppy contains one file 'linux.bin' but when I boot up Windows I see nothing.
On the other hand, I used the same disk to copy some files from Windows (some rpms I downloaded) without fomatting it. So now under windows I only see these rpm files.
However, when I boot up linux all I can see is that old 'linux.bin' file...
How can I share data between linux and windows using a floppy?

Another question: I'm trying to copy the redhat boot sector onto a file so I can add it to my boot.ini file under windows (so i can choose to boot linux and not have to use a boot disk). I'm doing this since I've been warned that letting grub sit on the MBR while XP is installed there might cause trouble.
When I run 'df' I see no /boot device. How come? In the installation I chose that grub should sit on the first sector of my linux partition, shouldn't that show up?

Thanks.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 12:55 PM   #2
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But sometime (often in XP) windows cannot see files because of thinking it as hidden files even if you select to show hiddent files ;-)

See "MS really hidden files" here for instance ;-)
http://windows-sucks.com/

Thank God that I linux can see itself's and windows' as well.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 01:15 PM   #3
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Re: Sharing a floppy between Windows and Redhat

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Originally posted by assaflavie
When I run 'df' I see no /boot device. How come? In the installation I chose that grub should sit on the first sector of my linux partition, shouldn't that show up?
Thanks.
Did you create a separate partition for /boot during the install? If not, then it's included in your / partition.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 02:23 PM   #4
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It appears that you didn't mount the floppy before you copied the data file. You can look at the /mnt/floppy directory if the drive isn't mounted but it will be blank.

Be sure to unmount the floppy before removing it from the drive.

If your windows is formated as vfat you can share data between the two OS's. linux can read from NTFS but writing is not recommended.

You can add a vfat partition to share data if you have some free space or want to resize existing partitions.

Last edited by michaelk; 07-02-2003 at 02:27 PM.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 02:42 PM   #5
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I was unsuccessful in mounting my ntfs partition, it said it wasn't supported by the kernel. (RH9)
How to I gain read access?

About the floppy, I ignorantly assumed that since it showed up on /mnt/floppy that it was mounted... mount -a fixed it all. Thanks.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 04:26 PM   #6
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RH does not include NTFS support in the default kernel.

I can't remember the exact URL to add NTFS read suppport but just search this site for it.
 
  


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